By 'one at a time", are you referring to imaging?
Either way can work, I've done both.
The biggest issue will be the possibility of flexure between
components depending on how you will be guiding.
If you intend to use an off axis guider on both scopes, no problem.
If you intend to use a guide scope of some sort, be wary of how it's
mounted. Scopes are usually mounted in rings which have felt, cork or
some other material lining them. If a guide scope is mounted on the rings,
the main scope can move slightly within the rings which the guider won't
know about. The result, oval or trailed stars.
To prevent this, mount the guide scope directly on the primary instrument, not
on the rings.
This also applies to a side by side set up where you mount the guide scope
on the side by side plate.
From: yanzhe liu <liuyanzhe@...
Sent: Wed, May 12, 2021 3:53 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Dual scope setup question
Have been thinking of setting up two scopes (4" and 5") on AP1100, only 1 scope will be used at any time.
A few questions on exactly how it should be configured/connected.
- Piggy back vs side by side? Which is the preferred way.
- I am thinking of having 3 110v/12V power adapters, and 3 USB ports.
One power adapter and one USB port are for connecting GTOCP3.
Each telescope will have a power adapter and a USB port, which provide power and communication for all gears eg, CCD/focuser/dew controller/USB hub etc.
I am not too sure whether there are any potential issues with this setup:
- Can all 4 cables (2 powers and 2 USB2 cables) go through AP1100?
- Is there any concern on the electrical side, e.g. USB ground loop or something similar?
- Or is it possible to have 2 scopes sharing the same power and USB? Then I need a IP controller 12v power switch?